Thursday, March 31, 2016

Family Ties | ScrapMuch?

I have some layouts to share today for my latest ScrapMuch? DT reveal!

I was given some really great papers and a sticker sheet from the Family Ties collection by Photo Play,  I just love the colours in it! And it is such a great collection for documenting family connections.

And this super cool package of textured surfaces by Tim Holtz, which includes cork, burlap and corrugated cardboard that is all self adhesive.  Love that!

Plus these fun enamel shapes from Basic Grey in Navy and White!

And lastly, this package of fun wood veneer pennant shapes from Kaisercraft.  I just love their wood pieces!

I had fun creating three layouts, and pulled one accent colour from the patterned papers for each page, it was a great way to mix up the look of my layouts a bit while using the same products.  I also featured one type of the Tim Holtz textured surfaces on each page, so fun!

My Dad

This page was the first one that I created and I pulled out the orange as an accent colour, it is such a fresh colour and so perfect to pull us out of the winter blues.

I really liked several of the 3x4 cut apart cards on one of the patterned papers so I featured two on them on this page and centred my photo in between them, and layered the lot over a few patterned paper pieces.  I used a small heart stamp to "mark" the answers to the "This or That" questions on the cards.  So simple and fun!  As you can see I layered this card with a little coordinating sticker and added in some machine stitching for extra texture.  I am really loving that I gave my sewing machine a semi permanent space in my scrap room.

On this page I used a burlap texture sheet, and ran it through my Cuttlebug with a star shaped die.  FYI the burlap cut great and I love that it is adhesive backed and stuck great to my page, the staples are just for show ;)  I nestled in a few of the enamel shapes and a white button tied with twine from my stash, to pull in more of the orange colour.

My title "my DAD" is a mixture of alphas stickers from the sticker sheet and a banner piece fussy cut from one of the papers.

The tag was just quickly hand cut from one of the pretty patterns and adorned with a punched circle and more of the twine from my stash.

I added orange ink to the wood veneer pennant and I really love how it pops on my page.

The bottom of my page features a couple of strips of patterned papers, and another burlap star, button and enamel shape cluster.

I added in a bit of journaling, in white pen, reflecting on how similar my son's and husband's beginnings were (both joined their forever families through adoption) and how they were instantly ingrained in each others hearts when our son came home to us.


For my next page, I choose to document my three sons and their (silly) relationship and embraced the bright green colour form the collection as an accent.

For this page I used two 3x4 cards and one 4x6 card to accent my page, I really liked the text on them and the journaling prompt.  So I used a smaller photo but placed it on and angle to draw a little more attention to it.

I used the small alpha stickers on the sticker sheet to add in the characteristics of my boys as suggested on the 3x4 cut apart card.

This time around I used the cork from the textured surfaces pack, and used a circle punch to punch several circles to adorn my page.  The cork went through my punch like butter and is also adhesive backed.  FYI, I didn't have any trouble stitching through the cork either.

I dyed a pennant green using a green ink pad for this page.

I sprinkled the cork circles around my page, created several areas to embellish with stickers, stitching, enamel shapes along with buttons and twine from my stash.

This is Me

My last page is about me, something I am seeming to create once a year of so.  The "this is me" 3x4 cut apart card and the desire to feature some of the pinks in this collection prompted this page.  I used a craft knife to carefully cut around the arrow on the "this is me" 3x4 cut apart card so that I could pull it up on top of my photo to help me pull the elements a little closer together. I used the same heart shaped stamp that I used on my first page, this time with pink ink, to select my "This or That's".  I also pulled a small bit of pink American Crafts cardstock from my stash to mat my photo. Then I layered these elements onto some patterned paper, fussy cut around the circles in another paper and wrapped it all with some twine from my stash. 

For this page I chose to use the corrugated cardboard from the textured surfaces by Tim Holtz, simply tearing it for a fun effect, again it went through my sewing machine really nicely.  I love the combination of girly pink and torn cardboard.

This typewriter was fussy cut from one of the patterns, I knew it needed to be as soon as I saw it, and clustered with some stickers, buttons and enamel shapes.

I also used the corrugated paper to free hand cut a heart, I always feel funny about adding hearts to my own pages, but I love the look of it in this little cluster!

Well that is is from me today, here is a detailed supply list for you in case you are looking for any of these goodies.

Supply List: Photo Play patterned papers and stickers; Tim Holtz Ideology Textured Surfaces; Basic Grey Candy Buttons; Kaiser Craft wooden pennants; American Crafts cardstock and bakers twine; Hemptique button twine; CTMH ink; Evalicious stamp; misc. buttons; Signo Uniball white pen;  Staedtler black fine tip felt pen; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher.

So glad you joined me today!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Inking Wood Veneer | Tutorial

I know I have shared a few different ways to add colour to wood veneer here in past, and even once before by using Distress Ink,  Well today's tip is similar but we will be using regular water based dye ink, that way those of you that do not have the alcohol based Distress Inks can play too!

So let's get started!

Gather your supplies, you will need any wood veneer shape, a dye ink of your choice and a water-brush (or a regular paint brush and a bit of water).

Start by rubbing your wood veneer piece on your ink pad to pick up as much colour as you can over the entire piece.

You will notice that due to the lack of smoothness on the surface of the wood veneer the ink doesn't absorb evenly.

This can be fixed with a few brush strokes of your water-brush.

It is just enough to smooth out the pigment from the ink over the surface of the wood veneer. You do not need to add much water at all really.

This has got to be one of the easiest and quickest ways to alter the colour of your wood veneers!  If you like a shiny finish why not top with a coat of Glossy Accents, for me I am sticking with a matte finish on this baby!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Happy Birthday | Just for fun challenge card

I have another fun challenge card to share today, this one is for the colour and sketch challenge over at Your Next Stamp.

Here is a look at the colour and sketch challenges from YNS, both were just perfect for this little gal!

Supply List:  Your Next Stamp stamped image; My Mind's Eye patterned papers; American Crafts ephemera; Simple Stories enamel dots; Pebbles rubons; Copic markers (Y23, E33, E35, E37, E000, E01, E11, R20, R29, R24, B91, B97, E41, E43, R22); DMC embroidery floss.

I am linking up to the following challenges:
Your Next Stamp sketch and colour challenge #35
Our Crafty Corner anything goes 

Have a great day!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Why I don't throw out leftover die cuts | Easter Tags

I have a super quick share today.  Since the flu took over my week, I am behind on all my crafting and online stuff.  I wanted to make a few Easter tags to attach to some treats that I am sending with Ian to my big boys and one of their girlfriends.  This is our first Easter apart due to illnesses and work schedules, boo!

Anyway, with little energy, some images that I had previously coloured (as in last year) and my bin of leftover die cuts I whipped up these cuties in just 10 minutes!

All of these die cuts were left over from a variety of projects, I just toss them into a basket and enjoy digging through them once in a while when I am in a pinch.

Sorry this photo is not so great but I wanted to share how the little tags are sort of colour coordinated on their little packages.

Timmy and my son's girlfriend's son (Dylan) are getting cards on their Easter baskets (or sand pails which is the case this year, as I typically do "baskets" that are useful) which I have already shared here so I didn't bother photographing them.

Have a happy Easter friends!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Sketching for ScrapMuch? | March 25 2016

I am sharing anew single page sketch with my friends at ScrapMuch? today, you should really play along for one last chance at the monthly prize!

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

You're Toad-ly Awesome | Just for fun Card

The other day I created this card to play along with the "critter challenge" over at Whimsie Doodles and a few other challenges, but then I got sick and didn't get around to blogging.  I missed one challenge but can still link up with a couple of the others so I thought I would pop online and share it now.

Supply List: Whimsie Doodles digital stamp; Copic blending paper; CTMH and Recollections cardstock; misc. button; CTMH button floss; Copic markers (E000, E01, E11, R20, R22, R24, E33, E35, YG0000, YG01, YG03, YG05, YG07, G94, YG63. W3, W1, W00)

I am linking up to the following challenges:
Whimsie Doodles calling all critters
Our Crafty Corner anything goes 

Have a great night! 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Threading Embroidery Floss through Tiny Button Holes | Tutorial

Today I thought that I would share a quick tip about threading embroidery floss through tiny button holes.

I don't know about you but I really prefer the look of buttons that are threaded with embroidery floss or twine.

But some buttons are so tiny it is hard to get the floss through the holes and a needle is not an option.  Waxed dental floss is a great tool for threading these small button holes as it is smooth and slippery and ready easy to push through the tiny holes.

To start with thread the dental floss through one hole, from back to front.

And then back down the same hole, leaving a loop at the top of the button.

Now place a strand of embroidery floss inside the loop created by the dental floss.

And pull the dental floss gently through the hole.

Be care to leave one end of the embroidery floss at the front of the button.

There you have it, one button hole is complete, now you can just repeat these steps for the remaining holes.  Be sure to alternate the location of the dental floss look from front to back.

And then you can add a bow or knot!

Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Coach's Cards | Gift Card Holders

We have wrapped up another season of hockey in our house and as usual we like to give our coaches a little something to show our appreciation for all their hours of volunteering.  This year is no exception, so I whipped up these quick and easy hockey puck shaped gift card holders so that we could tuck in gift cards to our local coffee shop.

I created a cut file using the Silhouette Studio Software, which meant creating three cards for the three coaches only took a few minutes.

I kept these super simple with only minimal embellishing, the epoxy stars are from Freckled Fawn and the wood buttons were from the dollar store.

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Dying Eggs | Imaginisce

Happy Spring crafty friends! I am up on the Imaginisce blog today sharing a page for our Easter theme this week!

I decided to use the Sunny collection to create my Easter page, I just love the bright colours and had so much fun using this summery collection in another way!  If you have been coming here for a while you will already know how much I love using collections for a variety of themes.

I started my page by creating a "patchwork" egg cut file so that I could decorate it with lots of patterned papers from this fun line. These photos of my youngest son dying egg are from a couple of years back.  He just became a teenager last week and I am really missing the little kid phase already!

I love that this collection goes so well with the brightly coloured die bowls in the photo.

I added some machine stitching to reinforce the patchwork look, I love the texture that it adds, even if it is not perfect ;)  I also added some water colour paints and Color Shine to my background.

Can I tell you how much I am loving the alphas in this collection?  They are sort of like vinyl and somewhat translucent and add a really interesting look and texture to the page.  I used them for half of my title and die cut the other half, onto which I added some hand stitching.

There are a lot of differences in the embellishments between this collection and Par-r-rty Me Hearty, I am loving that Imaginisce has changed things up and is keeping things fresh!  This time around there are word stickers, which are a great way to add quick "journaling" as well as these fun 3D die cut stickers.

Oh and some seriously cute acrylic pieces that are mixed in with the die cut pack!  This little sun makes me so happy, I backed it with a circle punched from white cardstock so the patterns behind it did not detract from his little face.

Isn't this colour combination just so yummy!   I know Spring has just arrived, but now I am craving summer!

Imaginisce Supplies: Sunny collection patterned papers, 3D stickers, die cuts, letter stickers, and phrase stickers.

Other Supplies: American Crafts Cardstock; We R Memory Keepers enamel shapes; Leow's watercolour paints; Heidi Swapp Color Shine in in Citron; Hemptique button twine; DMC floss; misc. buttons.Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher; Staedtler fine tip felt pen.

Thank you for visiting!